EU430      Half Unit
Europeanization: The Comparative Politics of Domestic Change

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Miriam Sorace CBG 6.07


This course is available on the MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPA in Social Impact, MSc in Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe, MSc in Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe (LSE & Sciences Po), MSc in European and International Public Policy, MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Bocconi), MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Political Economy of Europe and MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The course examines the effect of European Union membership on member states' policies, institutions and societies.  The consequences of EU membership, as well as how and why we experience membership differently across our national political systems are increasingly important elements of the debate about the future of Europe.  Crises of legitimacy, capability, and impact have been identified.  Following this lead, this course evaluates the influence of European integration on member states, highlighting differences between policy mechanisms and sectors; institutional capacities and settings; and political (party and electoral) behaviour.  The discussion and analysis is framed by the notion of ‘Europeanization’, to consider the linkages between the European and national levels.


20 hours of seminars in the LT.

Within these sessions the format will vary between lectures, seminar discussion and student presentations/projects.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

- One class presentation 

- One 1000 word research design essay

Indicative reading

  • Graziano, P. and Vink, M.P. (eds) (2006) Europeanization: New Research Agendas, Palgrave Macmillan;
  • Exadaktylos, Claudio M. Radaelli (2012) Research Design in European Studies: Establishing Causality in Europeanization Palgrave; 
  • Bulmer, S. and Lesquesne, C. (eds) (2013) The Member States of the European Union, Oxford: Oxford University Press;
  • Sanders, D (2012) The Europeanization of National Polities? Oxford University Press;
  • K Featherstone & C Radaelli (Eds), The Politics of Europeanization; Oxford University Press, (2003);
  • K Goetz & S Hix (Eds), Europeanised Politics? European Integration and National Political Systems, Frank Cass, (2001);
  • M Green Cowles, J Caporaso & T Risse (Eds), Transforming Europe: Europeanization and Domestic Change, Ithaca, Cornell UP;
  • F. Schimmelfennig and U. Sedelmeier (eds) (2005) The Europeanization of Central and Eastern Europe, Ithaca: Cornell University Press.


Essay (60%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Essay (40%, 2000 words) in the LT.

Further information

  • Essay 1:  Policy analysis essay (40% - 2000 words maximum)
  • Essay 2:  Country case study essay (60% - 3000 words maximum)

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2018/19: 23

Average class size 2018/19: 12

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication